New Neapolitan chain serves up pizzas with a feature Fort Worth loves
There's a new pizza chain headed for DFW with a convenience that few other pizzerias offer: drive-through. Urban Bricks Pizza, a San Antonio-based chain that prides itself on its edgy, outgoing personality, is opening a location at Champions Park, the up-and-coming entertainment district near AT&T Stadium and Globe Life Park.
A spokesperson confirms that the pizzeria is set to open within the next few weeks, with a more accurate estimate due after the holidays.
Urban Bricks is a fast-casual concept that promises to deliver "Neapolitan pizza, with an all-American attitude." You're encouraged to customize your pizza with whatever toppings you like, at one reasonable price.
They make their dough daily, from a recipe designed by Michele d'Amelio, a native of Italy and well-known pizzaiolo. The pizza is baked in rotating ovens. As is the case with most Neapolitan-style pizza concepts, the cooking time is fast. In Urban Bricks' case, it's two minutes.
They offer three options on crust: original Neapolitan, wheat, and a "gluten-friendly" version. Yay for wheat crust.
You go down a line and pick your choice of elements including sauce, with options that include basic red, spicy red, white, and garlic olive oil.
Cheese choices include cheddar, mozzarella, feta, gorgonzola, Parmesan, ricotta, and even a vegan cheese.
The list of meats begins with bacon, and then it's Canadian bacon, chorizo, chicken, meatball, Italian sausage, and pepperoni.
Veggies include tomatoes, black olives, green olives, Kalamata olives spinach, red onion, mushrooms, bell pepper, pineapple, artichoke, jalapeños, basil, sun dried tomatoes, banana peppers, cucumbers, almonds, croutons — wait, is that a vegetable? — and chopped garlic.
There are also salads and gelato, and beer and wine.
Urban Bricks was founded in 2015 by Sammy Aldeeb, an entrepreneur who previously owned franchises of Marble Slab Creamery, Subway, and Great American Cookie Co. before launching his own brand.
Unlike other fast-casual pizza concepts, Urban Bricks lets you get your pizza three ways: dining-in, delivery, or drive-through.
Currently there are 11 locations open in Texas and Ontario, Canada, including San Antonio, College Station, Austin, and Lubbock, with branches planned for Chicago, Miami, and more.
The restaurants have a bright, upbeat environment and pet-friendly, open-air patios.
Urban Bricks will join other already-open restaurants at Champions Park that include Tokyo Joe's, Torchy's, BurgerFi, FireHouse Subs, Salata, Tiff's Treats, and Yumilicious.
Concepts still to come include another location of the Social House, the Dallas-based bar concept, and the first Tarrant County location of national chicken-and-rice chain The Halal Guys, which currently has two locations in Dallas and two in Collin County.